Archive for June, 2009

My Tuesday was pretty quiet, mostly because it rained. I did manage to get out briefly to pick-up my Wife at work. It rained a few minutes after we got home, so we got lucky.

Question is though, will we be so lucky on Canada Day?

Right now, my plan is to get up around 9:30 or 10, hopefully to the sun, and then head down to Parliament Hill for the Noon show.

At some point, I also hope to get to Confederation Park to hear some Jazz.

Will I make it or will Mother Nature piss all over me?

Stay tuned for the continuing story of a Crip.

Thanks for reading.

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On Monday, I attended a Training Session on Public Speaking at the United Way. It turned out to be a little emotional for some. A few Women talked about working at the Distress Centre, one working at the Rape Crisis Centre, and one had 3 kids with different disorders. It was kind of depressing.

Then it was my turn.

I spoke about my life, how the Doctors gave me 1 year to live when I was born. From there, I talked about spending 19 years at the Childrens Hospital Of Eastern Ontario, and then decided to live on my own, instead of another institution. From there, I talked about the Organization that provides me with 24/7 care.

It was alot to pack in considering I was only given 5 minutes, but I did it & everyone was pretty impressed.

While I was in there, I missed a downpour outside, but I was able to see the rainbow on the ride home. I forgot to mention yesterday that my Wife & I got stuck in the rain on our way home from the Grocery Store, and we had to call a cab to get home.

After I got home from the United Way, I told my Wife all about it and then I watched WWE Wrestling.

No plans for Tuesday yet, but Wednesday’s Canada Day. As of now, they’re calling for rain, but I hope to see Sarah McLachlan & the Fireworks at least. My Wife is off for the rest of the week after that, so we’ll probably do stuff together.

Well that’s it for now.

Thanks for reading.

Well, the Weekend’s over, let’s see what I did.

On Saturday, I went to meet my Wife at the Hairdresser’s and ended up waiting 90 minutes for her. At least I was able to get a Coffee while waiting. After she was done, we headed to the Byward Market, so she could get fresh food.

A few hours later, I headed to the store and remembered that they were gonna show the movie, Ghostbusters in the parking lot. I’m a BIG fan of 80’s movies & it was free, so I went to see it later that night.

That was my Saturday.

On Sunday, I woke up and watched Hellboy 2, which was good, but not as good as the first one. We headed out shortly after, she went biking & I chased after her. I have a feeling that when I get my new chair, she’ll be chasing me.

We went home and then went Grocery Shopping. I don’t really eat solid food, but I push the cart around & carry her bags back home.

The rest of the night was spent together expressing our love.

See, sometimes I am capable of not sounding perverted.

On Monday Night, I’m going to a training session put on by the United Way. It’s to learn how to be a Public Speaking and speaking on behalf of the United Way.

Thanks for reading and I hope you all had a good weekend.

It’s been a few months since my last post on here.

Last time I was here, I was dealing with tough health issues and even ended up staying in the Hospital for a week. It was really tough being there, mostly because I wasn’t used to it. The last time that I was a Patient was in 1995 and that was for 3 days. Needless to say, my week stay was hard on me and of course for my Wife as well.

I’m happy to report that I’m pretty much 100% again and I’m done taking Rat Poison Pills for the Blood Clot that I had. That also means no more weekly blood tests.

Speaking of health issues…

During the whole ordeal, I did two swallow tests and they determined that I aspirate ONLY when I eat or drink or in my wheelchair, but NOT when I eat or drink lying down. So basically, I’m the OPPOSITE of most humans. You should’ve seen the Doctors faces when they found out and even my own Doctor couldn’t explain it.

I’ve always known that I was a Medical enigma, this just cements my belief.

Nowadays, when I drink sitting up, I go very slow & take my time.

Besides all that crap, I got better just in time for Summer and I’ve been enjoying the hot, sunny weather. Right around the corner is Bluesfest which starts July 8th to the 19th. The big act that I’m looking forward to seeing at Bluesfest this year is KISS.

Among the others: Styx, LIVE, Ludacris, Busta Rhymes, Ice Cube, The Dead Weather, Ben Harper, Joe Cocker, Our Lady Peace, Stone Temple Pilots, Sam Roberts, Blue Rodeo, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Yardbirds, The Zombies, Neko Case, Holy Fuck, & MANY MANY more.

For more info, go to http://www.ottawabluesfest.ca/en/

This year, they’ve added free shows elsewhere.

I plan on seeing George Clinton & The P-Funk All Stars, The Proclaimers, & Arrested Development.

For more info on that, go to http://www.bluesfestbyward.com/

You may be wondering why I’m promoting it so much. Well, not only is it a great festival, but also because I helped with making it more wheelchair accessible and I’m proud to see my ideas come to life & hopefully help others like myself get to the different stages easier.

Speaking of music…

We all know by now that Michael Jackson passed away last Thursday. Part of me is still in shock, but not overly surprised. Let’s be honest, I wasn’t really expecting a happy ending to his life. Even Michael himself once told Lisa Marie Presley that he didn’t want to die the way Elvis did. Sadly, he did and now he’ll probably be remembered in the same way, even YEARS from now.

I still remember dressing up as Michael for Halloween when I was a kid, complete with one white glove. I had a Poster of him and the Thriller casette. I think I actually still have the tape somewhere.

Regardless of what you thought of him, you can’t deny his success and when Thriller came out, it was groundbreaking, not only for music videos, but for music in general. He was truly THE MAN when it came to music and I’ll always remember him for that.

In other news…

I discovered Twitter about a week ago. At first, I wasn’t really sure what to make of it, but it’s growing on me, much like a fungus. If any of you use Twitter, you can find me at ryanlythall.

Original name eh…

That’s it for now, but I’ll be back soon.

Thanks for reading everybody & please let me know that you read it.